A conservative podcaster who embraces former President Donald Trump’s discredited claims of a stolen 2020 election is eligible to run for Ohio secretary of state this fall, the state’s high court ruled Tuesday.
Terpeshore “Tore”Maras who calls President Joe Biden “resident not president”She embraces elements of the QAnon conspiracy in Her “Tore Says”Podcast will be listed on the ballots as an Independent.
Her Republican challenger Frank LaRose, Secretary of State and Democratic candidate Chelsea Clark will be her opponents
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In its decision, the Ohio Supreme Court divided 4-2, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor (a Republican) joining Justice Pat DeWine, Justice Pat Fischer, and Justice Sharon Kennedy.
The decision marks the latest twist in Maras’ rollercoaster bid to seek the office overseeing Ohio elections. Maras had previously been allowed to run for Republican nomination on February 28, but she failed to gather the valid signatures.
LaRose’s office later cleared her to run as an independent, but a Republican official — acting in his capacity as an Ohio voter — filed a challenge, asserting a number of her signatures were invalid. The official was ruled in her favor by a judge, and LaRose’s office affirmed that ruling and declared her invalid.
She sued, alleging more of the voter signatures she submitted as an independent should be counted as valid and that LaRose’s office didn’t follow their own procedures for counting her signatures. LaRose’s was the court majority’s decision. “acted in clear disregard of the applicable law when he refused to count the additional verified signatures” Maras had submitted.
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DeWine wrote in his dissent that Maras court filing did not meet several technical requirements making it invalid.
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